September 29, 2018 - October 12, 2018
New England, Finger Lakes & Fall Foliage
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Your package includes deluxe transportation and accommodations, all listed tour fees, and 18 meals.If there is a perfect autumn getaway, this is it. Natural wonders and brilliant fall beauty are in store for everybody as Mother Nature sets loose a colorful fireworks display of golds and reds throughout the rugged mountains of New England. Jaw dropping scenery is around every corner as our journey takes us from the glistening waterfront of New York’s Finger Lakes to the Grand Canyon of the east with its 350-foot waterfall, and on to the stunning mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont. Come join us as we make our way from a scenic cruise on New York’s Lake Seneca to train rides up mountains and through golden color blanketed forests. What a way to make memories!!!
The natural wonders and beauty of the Northeast are waiting for us, so hop onboard to depart and begin our unbelievable adventure. Since we’re going to be spending some time together with our new travel companions, today is the perfect opportunity to get to know everybody and make some new friends. Our overnight this first day takes us to Effingham, IL.
This day brings us even closer to the foliage and colors we’ve been waiting for; however, today isn’t just a travel day because we have a stop planned. This afternoon we will arrive at Sun Watch Indian Village. Take an amazing journey back in time as we explore the 800-year-old reconstructed ancient village. Experience the lives of the village residents as you enter replicas of their homes and gardens that bring their fascinating history to life. We depart here and continue on our way to our overnight in Columbus, OH.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Get ready today for our first experience with the beauty of autumn on this trip as our travels take us to the Kinzua Bridge and Skywalk. Built in 1881, this was once the highest and longest railroad bridge in the world. Part of the bridge was destroyed in a storm, but has since been reinvented as the Kinzua Sky Walk — a spectacular walkway that once again allows the public to “walk the tracks across the sky.” A partial glass-bottomed observation deck enables us to look down at the breathtaking vista, all the more awe inspiring in the brilliant garb of autumn. After our time basking in inspirational views around us, we head out to our overnight in Jamestown, NY, where an included dinner awaits.
We’ll start today off with some humor at a museum dedicated to one of America’s most famous funny ladies. Lucy I’m Home! The Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Museum will have us all wearing smiles as nostalgia takes us back in time. Wade through the fun costumes and memorabilia on display, gaze at the awards they were both given, take in the photographs of their personal and TV lives, and much more! Our time with Lucy comes to an end and we continue onward to the Corning Museum of Glass. How much can you say about simple glass? Actually, quite a lot. Glass is a versatile, ancient material that is still being explored and understood by artists, scientists, and historians today. After departing the museums, we’ll start making our way to our overnight in Geneva, NY, where we’re staying two nights. We’ll be taking a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Seneca to get there.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
I hope you slept well because we have an action packed day ahead of us starting with a drive to Letchworth State Park, commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East. Surrounded by a forest blanketed in the beauty of fall, the Genesee River, as high as 600 feet in some places, roars through the gorge, over three major waterfalls, and between cliffs! Our next destination today takes us aboard the paddleboat Canandaigua Lady for a lunch cruise on pristine Lake Seneca. After our lunch cruise, it only seems fitting that we head on over to Fox Fun Vineyards for a winery tour and, of course, tasting. As we arrive back at our hotel in Geneva this afternoon you might want to relax and dip your toes in the water since our hotel is near the lake.
The adventure continues today as we leave the Finger Lakes area behind and continue onward to find some more autumn scenery to bask in. Our first stop today brings us the Seward House Museum for a guided tour of the house. Here we learn about the history of William Seward who was a New York State Senator, Governor of New York, United States Senator, and served as Secretary of State for Lincoln. Next, we will be arriving at the Erie Canal Museum to dive into the history and importance the Erie Canal has had in shaping America. Now we head north to our overnight in Watertown, NY.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
The mountains await as we make our way through New York’s Adirondack Mountains. The views we’ll be enjoying this morning on our drive to Vermont will be well worthy of remembrance. We’ll be enjoying free time in Burlington, VT. After everyone has had some free time in Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace shopping and exploring, we’ll jump back on the bus and take a short drive to the Ethan Allen Homestead. Ethan Allen, a hero of the American Revolution with his Green Mountain Boys, is commemorated here. We’ll then head to our hotel here in Burlington VT, where we have a chance to freshen up before for our scenic dinner cruise on board the Spirit of Ethan Allan.
I hope you brought your sweet tooth this morning because our day starts out at Ben and Jerry’s Factory where we will be able to dig into any of their euphoric ice cream flavors, tour the factory, and spend some time in their world-class gift shop. Speaking of sugar…our next stop welcomes us into an older kind of sugar. Vermont is rather iconic for its maple syrup so it only makes sense to head over to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks. We will take a tour of this farm and learn about the process of refining maple sugar. Something else Vermont is known for is granite, which is what we will be seeing next. The Rock of Ages is one of the largest operating granite quarries in the world at nearly 600 feet deep (don’t step too close). After learning about this vast chasm and how it was made, our journey continues as we make our way to our overnight in Littleton, NH.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Don’t forget to bring your camera today because excitement and beauty are in store for everybody as we head over to Mt. Washington where a wonderland of fall colors and panoramic vistas are just begging you to take a picture. Just when you think the land can’t get any more lovely, we’ll step up on the Mt. Washington Cog Train for a trip up the mountain for the most stunningly picturesque views to be found anywhere in New England. The beauty of seeing the land all around for miles covered in a blanket of gold and red is exactly what you came to see This IS the sort of experience you will never forget. After taking the cog railway back down the mountain, we’ll have lunch and then depart to take a drive down the Kancamangus Highway, a famously beautiful drive with plenty of scenic overlooks, arriving in North Conway, NH. In North Conway we will enjoy some free time to check out the sights and do a little shopping before we head to our hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
A quick drive down the road brings us to the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad where we will enjoy ourselves on this delightful lunch excursion along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. As we depart from our scenic train ride, our journey takes us to Canterbury Shaker Village for a tour of this 1800’s village and some free time to explore the homes and lives of those who came before us. We have just a short drive to our hotel for the night in Concord, NH.
Mark Twain is undoubtedly one of the most well-known and iconic of American authors. On top of that, he led an interesting and eventful life. He settled in Hartford, Connecticut, so it only makes sense for us to stop by and check out the Mark Twain Home and Museum to learn a little more about the life this extraordinary man. After our museum visit, we’ll start on our journey homeward making our overnight in Moosic, PA.
We may be heading home,, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over because part of this morning will be spent at the Steamtown National Historic Site where we will immerse ourselves in the history and heritage of steam engines and how they helped make our country what she is. Our second stop this morning in Scranton takes us to the Lackawanna County Coal Mine. We will descend slowly into the earth exploring 300 feet beneath the surface an anthracite coal mine originally opened in 1860. Experience the mine by accompanying a miner in the winding, underground gangways and rock tunnel past three different veins of hard coal, past the mule boy and the nipper, past the monkey vein and the dead chute. After our exploration comes to an end, we hop back on the bus to again turn our heads homeward. Our hotel for the night is in Clearfield, PA.
Home is calling to us as our bus takes us back to where we began this journey. Spend the day talking with your new found friends and reminiscing about all the great times you had together. We’ll be arriving in Indianapolis, IN, for our final night of this incredible adventure
Well, we have had a great time together and made some lifelong memories, but alas everything must come to an end. Coming home is always bittersweet, but you can now brag to your friends and family about all the amazing sights you’ve seen. One thing is quite certain: this trip has been “un-be-leaf-able.”